Well I think your degree will help you out. It might not make you a better trader but it will help you land a job with a good firm. Most firms that require no capital will start you out as a "trader assistant". Like Geneva Trading. http://www.geneva-trading.com/index.asp They are one of the hundreds of firms that you could look at. Starting as a trader assistant will teach you a lot about trading with out having to blow a large wad of your own cash. But Caro is right, sometimes losing your own money can be the best education in trading.